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October 2014Vol. 15, No. 9An Introduction to the Indian Child Welfare Act

The Mississippi Administrative Office of Courts/Court Improvement Program, in consultation with the National Resource Center on Legal and Judicial Issues and the National Resource Center for Tribes, developed a video as an educational resource for judges, court personnel, child welfare staff, and judicial educators. The video provides historical information about the removal of Indian children from their families prior to the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA), the effects the subsequent adoptions had on those children and the Native American culture, what led to the enactment of ICWA, and the purpose of ICWA. The information in the video is provided through various speakers including State, local, and Tribal judges, adult Native Americans who were adopted as children by White families prior to ICWA, and leaders of national Native American organizations.

The video, Bringing Our Children Home: An Introduction to the Indian Child Welfare Act, is available on the State of Mississippi Judiciary website: